May 22, 2019
Dear professor ,
As someone who is from another country English was not my first language. Although I’ve been here for almost ten years every day I am still learning. This semester in English 1121 things didn’t really go as planned, I thought it was going to be better than my last English class it was in many ways but, as the semester came to an end, I feel like I struggled. We didn’t really have an outline for everything going on in the class so, you never know what to expect walking into class, no test or quiz to fall back on and the homework were unexpected.
I can’t complain about the fact that we didn’t have test, quiz and a lot of homework because it was less stress but what I didn’t realize was that the little things that we had to hand in like the essay in unit one and class participation was most of the grade and all had to be done in order to pass. The grade we are getting at the end of the semester is based on few things.
For the most part everything went well, as a working student it can be hard to get through the semester. As a young adult I want to succeed in college but also be able to have fun, finish school, work and do everything like super woman. During the semester English helped because we didn’t stick to just one topic or something that wasn’t interested, we got to talk about what was in our mind and was able to relate with our class mates and felt comfortable enough to talk about anything.
Some days it didn’t feel like I was in class it was more like a therapy session and because of that I think I felt behind in my class work and homework. Sometimes I didn’t really know what to hand in or what was just class participation. That affected me toward the end especially when it was time for the portfolio project which is 60% of our final grade, I didn’t know what to do and it took longer than it should of. In the future I think it will be better if we have a set outline for everything and for the students to get better explanation of what is or going to happen without everything being rushed last minute.
May 22, 2019
English 1121 D-439
Unit one -Writings
The essay and the other works we did for unit one was very understandable. Since it was the beginning everything, we did didn’t feel rush. We had more explanation and many things we did were together as classwork. The essay we wrote was about freedom, we had the right to write it anyway we wanted but, we had a guideline for example we were giving a specific topic but pic anything to write about within the topic, we were told to do it Apa style and how many words because of this information I think it helped us, at least for me I felt at ease because the assignment was giving to me and I just had to fill in the blank. We tied different writing styles that I think made us thing think differently and used words and method we didn’t know were possible or we were able to.
Is freedom worth the fight?
What is freedom? Are any of us really considered free in this horrible world? Freedom is different for everyone and can be found in different ways. I don’t really think anyone is free as long as they are living. The more I think of it, the harder it is for me to come up with things / places that help me feel free and escape all my problems. Some people can find positivity in every instance, for example, Malcom X was imprisoned and somehow, managed to feel free with the help of reading. The irony is that out of all places, prison helped him become the man that he was. He achieved what he thought was impossible and it helped him survived. I think there is a difference with being free and being happy. You can be free from a situation or prison and not be happy. For me to be free, I must be happy, and I haven’t found either one yet. According to the Cambridge dictionary freedom is “the condition or right of being allowed to do, say, think etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited”.
In the bill of rights, the word freedom is used a lot, “freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly…”. In America, can we really say we have all those options? I get it, in the Caribbean, Europe and other countries, people are not allowed to do half of the things that we can do in the United States but, are we as Americans really “free”. With the idea of freedom of speech, we are supposed to be able to say what we want anywhere and anytime, but we cannot because we must censor ourselves in certain places because it’s not viewed as “right”. With freedom of religion, we can practice and believe in whatever religion that we want whether it be Christianity, Islam or Jehovah’s Witness just to name a few, but, just because you can choose, doesn’t mean everyone will agree with your choice. For example, your neighbors, family and others may treat you differently and harass you, if you do not share the same views or beliefs. Where is the freedom in that? The freedom of assembly gives individuals the right to “speak up” as a group or on their own. When a group of people get together to protest, 75% of the times, if others don’t agree with you, they will push you away and shut down the protest by any means possible. How can I be free when I must always think about how everything I do and say will affect others? We should rethink about what freedom really is.
Freedom doesn’t only come with happiness; it comes with equality and safety. How can anyone be free and safe when you can’t walk outside your house, go to school or church without fearing someone hurting or even killing you. People are being treated equally and being killed just because of their race, gender or the people they choose to love. According to Christopher Jencks from the American Prospect, “America is more violent today than at many times in the past”. The world is just getting worst everyday instead of better. In the Malcom X biography, he found freedom in reading because it allowed him to escape the fact that he was incarcerated. In the moments in which he was dreaming about freedom, anything could have happened to him since he wasn’t in a safe place. Why dream about something that is not going to come true. It will make you feel better for a few seconds until reality hits and brings you back to being miserable.
The sad part of it all is that I can’t put all the blame on the people in charge because it is also our fault. With the laws and all the restraints that we have, it helps maintain order (most of the times). As human beings, we don’t always know how to act when we get to make certain decisions on our own. But is it fair for all of us to suffer just because others don’t know how to properly act and get along with one other?
I have not found freedom and don’t think I am going to find it, which I am fine with. We can’t always get what we want, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. We are restrained everywhere, for example, at home we must act or be a certain way because it’s what our parents want. I can’t walk outside with no clothes on because it’s against the law, well forget the law what about what I want. Why do I have to always think of others before doing what makes me happy? I don’t want restricted freedom; I want real freedom! I want to be able to have a tequila shot at any age because it’s what I want. I don’t want to imagine freedom in my head, I want it to happen. Others may not agree with me, but that is my opinion and my view of freedom. I should be grateful for the options I have in America but, I don’t agree with all the rules and rights, so because of that, I will never feel free and really be happy.
I don’t think I fear much other than death. I think we all have that fear whether we want to admit it or not. The idea of death must scare us all. I realize that when we die, we won’t know what occurred. There is a chance we won’t even know how it occurred and what will become of us. If I died at this moment that will cause it, will I feel it, or will I leave in a calm manner. Some people are scared of little stuff like clowns and animals but, we can find a method to exclude them from our lives unlike death which is unavoidable.
Unit two- Genre
Genres are used in many ways and we sometimes don’t realize from poems, music, interview, comics and more. We use them often but never think about it. One of the many genres that stood up to me was poems, there are different type of poems and they can allow us to express our emotions. Poems can also be writing in many ways and can have as few as one word or one sentence. They don’t always have to rhyme, have stanza or a specific direction. Throughout this unit we were able to be creative and wrote about anything and in any genre. Honestly the topics some of my classmates can up with were very impressive I wish I had thought of us for example one student wrote a recipe about sleep another one wrote one about how to ignore ignorant people. Some methods we use we sometimes don’t know we are capable of them and it surprises us and others around us when we come up with certain things.
Poem and recipe-
What’s the word?
It ain’t about the word
Writing about tv shows
I find it unusual
My shows are there for me
I never go about them casual
Netflix is worth 18 hours or more and that’s factual
Thanks to my aunt for paying the Netflix account
How many hours I stay up late at night, I lost count.
Recipe for watching Netflix all day
- Smart device
- Netflix account
- Bed or couch
- Free time
- wake up as early as possible
- Shower and get back into your pajamas
- Fix all snacks and drinks close by so you don’t have to get up often
- Find the perfect spot on the bed or couch
- Be home alone
- Enjoy Netflix for the net 18 hours or more
This unit focused on research, how far we can go to find our information’s and are the people or places we are getting the information’s from are reliable. For the most part I didn’t find this unit easy, everyone have different opinions and we can’t always agree on everything. from my research about what are negative and positive things about binge-watch Netflix I read and heard about so many opinions and honestly it really made me think if what I believe was right or not. The research we did for our topics were handed in many ways and for the first time we had a paper guide that helped me know where to start and what we needed to do.
Negative and positive discussions about binge-watch Netflix
Many adults with children especially teenagers think that Netflix is not a good influence for example the believe that it is making teenagers lazy, gain weight and become anti-social. Others sees it as a way to keep their children out of the streets and out of troubles.
Most people who watch Netflix are having trouble with the fact that Netflix is supposed to provide them with tv shows and movies that are entertaining and lately it hasn’t been that way. Netflix has been slow when it comes to updating the new season of shows, uninterested because they don’t change the stuff, they have on it often and it’s a waste of money. As some people are complaining about the fact that they don’t have enough things to watch on Netflix others are complaining because they have too many choices and it’s hard to pic things to watch.
Unit four-Multi Modal
This unit came by surprise and honestly my least favorite one. The most I know about technology is how to send texts, use snapchat and play games. I don’t know how to make videos or do anything extra reason why I didn’t pick a career involving technology. I guess this was supposed to show our creative sides but, I don’t have one when it come to this. From all my research on whether Netflix is bad or not I saw many videos made by others that were very convincing and thought me many things and from that I hope others learn as much as me and pick a side.